Handbook of University-wide Entrepreneurship Education
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Handbook of University-wide Entrepreneurship Education

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Edited by G. Page West III, Elizabeth J. Gatewood and Kelly G. Shaver

This Handbook explores the current state of university-wide entrepreneurship education programs and provides a comprehensive reference guide for the planning and implementation of an entrepreneurship curriculum beyond the business school environment. A variety of authors spanning five countries and multiple disciplines discuss the opportunities and universal challenges in extending entrepreneurship education to the sciences, performing arts, social sciences, humanities, and liberal arts environments. The Handbook is designed to assist educators in developing new programs and pedagogical approaches based upon the previous experiences of others who have forged this exciting new path.
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Chapter 11: Interdisciplinarity in Cross-Campus Entrepreneurship Education

Frank Janssen, Valérie Eeckhout and Benoît Gailly

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11 Interdisciplinarity in cross-campus entrepreneurship education* Frank Janssen, Valérie Eeckhout, Benoît Gailly and Sophie Bacq Introduction During the last 30 years, the scientific community has shown a growing interest for entrepreneurship, driven by the increasing dynamic role of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in job creation and innovation and boosted by the emergence of new business environments, new technologies and globalization (Fiet, 2001). Parallel to this, a growing number of entrepreneurship education programs (EEPs) have appeared, first in the United States where, today, more than 2,200 courses are offered at over 1,600 schools (Katz, 2003; Kuratko, 2005), and then, more recently, in Europe, where most programs have been created in the last decade (Klandt, 2004). The educational system, in particular universities, now plays a significant role in the emergence and diffusion of entrepreneurial culture (Fayolle, 2000). It strongly influences how students are able to detect, evaluate and capture attractive value-creation opportunities. Education is therefore a core element in the development of entrepreneurial spirit and initiatives. This, coupled with the growing importance of SMEs in their socio-economic environment, has pushed a growing number of European universities to develop EEPs. Today, entrepreneurship also tends to be recognized as an academic field (Bruyat and Julien, 2001; Cooper, 2003). It has an important scientific community that has produced a significant body of research (Acs and Audretsch, 2003; McGrath, 2003). Some authors tend to think that it is a blossoming field that cuts across different disciplines (Acs and Audretsch, 2003). It...

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